Family Law Practice Areas
The Manning Law office provides compassionate and experienced legal support to clients in all types of family law matters. Negotiation can be extremely effective in resolving family issues. However, there are other circumstances when going to court is the only realistic way to achieve your goals. Kathryn has extensive experience in difficult cases. She has the experience you need in family law matters to effectively advocate for your family's best interests.
Filing for divorce is one of the most painful and wrenching ordeals for families to endure. If you are facing a divorce, we can help you find answers to the difficult questions that are involved in any divorce. Kathryn offers experienced-based legal advice on a broad range of domestic law issues.
When spouses decide to separate, they knowing they will have to make many tough decisions. If they have a child, they are now forced to make an even harder choice. Child custody is a legal decree from the court that awards the parental rights to either one or both of the parties. Either parent can pursue custody, and the court will evaluate a number of aspects when making their decision.
Your relationship with your child is important and Kathryn can help you protect it when divorce and legal issues threaten it. Her goal is to help you create a parenting plan that is in the best interests of your child and agreeable to both parents. Kathryn has found that parties who are able to work together are often able to create plans that are satisfying for everyone. However, she understands that not every case can be amicably resolved, and will not hesitate to take your case to trial, when necessary.
Changes & Maintenence
The court system understands that changes in your child's circumstances and your circumstances, including job loss, job change, medical bills or other financial situations can change the parameters of a court order. While many parties might attempt to reach a verbal compromise on their own, it is crucial that you work through the legal system to modify the court order. A verbal compromise is not legally binding or enforceable. As an experienced family law attorney, it is Kathryn's goal to assertively represent your changing situation to the judge.
When it comes to child support, the state puts its main focus on the best interests of the children involved. A divorce can be very destabilizing to a child and child support that allows a family to maintain a customary lifestyle can be beneficial to all parties involved. One or both of the parents may be ordered to pay support and the specific situation of the couple will be reviewed when making the ruling.
Simply put, paternity means fatherhood. Establishing paternity gives a child a legal father. It also gives the father both rights and obligations related to helping take care of his child. Both parents have the right to establish a healthy relationship with their child(ren) and a responsibility to care for their child(ren). Legal fathers have all of the same parental rights and responsibilities as the mother, including the right to seek custody or parenting time.
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In family mediation, parties have a chance to share their views in a safe environment and discuss important issues such as communication, separation, child custody, support and visitation, division of property and other family matters. Research shows that most parties are very satisfied with the mediation process, and are more likely to follow the results of mediation than court orders.